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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a handyman charge?

Minimum rates for handyman jobs typically range from $60-$100. Pricing will depend on skill and experience required for the job, as well as regional labor rates. Here are a few examples of average handyman flat rates:

  • Attic ladder replacement: $150.
  • Toilet replacement: $75.
  • Ceiling fan and light fixtures: $75.
  • Faucet replacement: $125.
  • Garbage disposal: $75.

A handyman performs general maintenance and repairs for residential and commercial properties. A handyman may charge a flat fee for standard services that take a predictable amount of time, such as installing a new appliance, as well as an hourly rate for larger projects such as digging out and replacing a rotted fence post. A cost-saving strategy when hiring a handyman is to bundle all the tasks you want them to do into one visit to make the most of any minimum service fees.

What do handymen charge per hour?

On average, you can expect to pay a handy person around $55 per hour. However, this cost can range between $35 and $80 per hour, depending on a number of factors. For instance, a handyman may charge a minimum fee of $50-$100 for small jobs that won’t take much of their time. The complexity of the job will affect the price as well. Your final price will also depend upon where you live, as certain regions have higher labor rates than others. 

Get in touch with a few handy people near you, and ask for free cost estimates.

What does a handyman do?

A handyman is a skilled laborer who provides basic home repairs. Anyone can call themselves a handyman, although most who do so are skilled with repairs and home projects. Reading reviews is a good way to determine their fitness for your job. The tasks a handyman can perform include assembling furniture, painting interiors and exteriors, repairing fences, repairing broken doors or replacing trim, hanging lights, hooking up appliances, and much more. Handymen may have flat fees for certain services, or charge an hourly rate. Handyman rates are often lower than those of a contractor, as they don’t have the same specialization. Some states have no limit on the work a handyman can perform, while others do. For example, California’s Building and Professions Code section 7048 (small operations) permits handymen to provide work similar to that of a contractor (floor installation, painting, etc.) provided the total cost of labor and materials does not exceed $500. A handyman is a great resource for minor home repairs at a lower cost than a licensed contractor, but for more complex projects, it pays to hire a specialized contractor. Fore more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

Does a handyman need to enter my home?

In many cases, a handyman will not need to enter your home for outdoor repairs, but they’ll likely need to enter your home for indoor repairs. With the pandemic’s associated safety guidelines, it’s important that this only occurs for absolutely essential projects. Avoid any physical contact with the handyman if this is the case. Sanitize surfaces, and conduct payment through a digital platform like PayPal or Venmo. Be sure to contact your handyman and develop a plan before the job commences.

Is it worth it to hire a handyman?

It’s worth it to hire a handyman in many cases. For example, you should hire a handyman when the project’s size and scope make it challenging to complete by yourself. These projects may include major home remodels or additions, foundation work or electrical/plumbing/HVAC-related tasks. However, make sure the handyman has the proper credentials or license to perform the necessary work.

You might also want to hire a handyman if a contractor’s price is too high. Handymen often charge less than general contractors, but contractors typically have the required license to perform certain tasks.

And, lastly, think about the complexity of the job and the cost of future repairs. It’s worth it to hire a handyman when the project is complex. Doing something incorrectly can wind up costing more than hiring the pro in the first place.

Can a handyman do plumbing?

In some states, a handyman can provide plumbing services, but it may be in your best interest to call a plumber, particularly for issues more major than unclogging a drain or attaching a new sink. Hiring a plumber is important because mishandling your water and gas lines has the potential to do great damage to your home, your family’s health, or even the safety of your neighborhood. A handyman is not legally required to have any training or licensing in plumbing matters, while a licensed plumber has undergone years of education and on-the-job training. In some cases, homeowners insurance won’t cover damage caused by plumbing repair done by an unlicensed handyman.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, most plumbers learn their trade through a four- or five-year apprenticeship with 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. They also receive classroom education including “safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers … are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own,” according to the DOL. Licensed plumbers should do continuing education to keep abreast of safety and technology changes. Poor plumbing can lead to sewage backups, a flooded home or even natural gas leaks, so it’s best to leave it in the hands of a specialized professional.

Do handymen offer remote or virtual services?

Because a handyman needs to be physically present to perform work, they have not traditionally offered remote or virtual services. However, if you come across handyman profiles that state they offer remote services, message the handymen to see what those services include.

Confer with your handyman to see if consulting over video calls is possible. The professional may be able to walk you through performing basic plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other types of repairs around the house. Compare the handymen in your area side-by-side online, and ask whether they’re willing to help remotely.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a handyman during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Setting up a safe consultation or appointment with a handyman during the COVID-19 pandemic starts with comparing local professionals online. Message or call the handyman to ask about performing a consultation over the phone or, better yet, a video call. This will allow the handyman to assess the problem without increasing the risk of transmission by visiting your home. If the service is essential and the handyman needs to enter your home, you’ll need to take stringent safety measures for the visit. Discuss temporary fixes if possible, and come up with a plan for safety and digital payment.

Can I use digital payments to pay for handyman services?

Many handymen accept digital payments for work done repairing homes. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the urgent need for social distancing, this trend is likely going to increase. Handymen often accept payment through popular platforms like Paypal, Google Pay, Zelle, Venmo, Square Cash and more. 

Consult with the handyman before you begin work to ensure you’ll be able to conduct the transaction safely and in compliance with official guidelines.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a handyman when social distancing?

If you hire a handyman, stay 6 feet away from the handyman at all times. If you have an indoor emergency and it’s considered an essential service, take extra social distancing precautions with your handyman. Do not make physical contact, stay at least 6 feet from the handyman, and exchange payment through digital services instead of cash or check. Talk with your handyman and agree on a plan in advance.

Reviews for Cary handymen
Smitha T.
Kristian is a good handyman. He is professional, friendly and does the job without much guidance. He is reasonable and provides good service. He helped with the furniture assembly. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a handyman.
Kristian WatkinsKristian Watkins
Jay L.
Reliable and professional, a pleasure to work with. I'd recommend him to my family and friends for their handyman needs.
Brothers Property Maintenance LLCBrothers Property Maintenance LLC
Janusz S.
Willis Perez was promt, reliable and professional. I would recommend him to do a handyman job in the house.
Modern RubbishModern Rubbish
Cecil M.
Joe knows his stuff; a true handyman that can do anything. Joe is precise and completes his task with profection.
Handyman General Contractor & Home RemodelingHandyman General Contractor & Home Remodeling
Marguerite m.
Handyman was able to finish the work that day. He arrived when he said he would and tried different possilities to solve the problem.
Handyman ServiceHandyman Service
Tony C.
Found my new handyman for all the work around the house. Mohamed was punctual, professional, courteous, and willing to go above and beyond the ask.
Caroline Assembling and Installation LLCCaroline Assembling and Installation LLC
Amit L.
Scotty did a good job fixing leak and explaining the cause. Reasonable price as well, recommend his service to anyone looking for reliable handyman
Natalie S.
Working with C&R handyman was great! He was punctual, responsive, did great work, and charged a very reasonable fee for the work. Highly recommend!!
Vamsi S.
Rogers was one of best Handyman I ever hired. He did a great job to fix the repairs I got during the house inspection report. Thank Rogers for your help. Job well done!
Roger handyman services LLCRoger handyman services LLC
Kathik p.
Rey is very polite and helpful. Rey helped me with drywall and door repair, replacing broken stair railings for me. His price is very reasonable as well. I ended up doing few more additional work than we originally discussed after talking to him. I wouldn't hesitate to call him again for any handyman work.
Ashley M.
I called and scheduled for 8 AM on a Monday and the project to be finalized 8 AM on a Friday. Their handyman came out on Monday at 9:17 AM and had no idea what the project entailed. After explaining it, he got it done. On Friday, he said he would be there at 9 AM, called and rescheduled to 10 AM, then called at 11:30 AM to reschedule. This was such a frustrating process and such a frustrating company.
Cransten Service All Stars- RaleighCransten Service All Stars- Raleigh
Samantha L.
Jeremy was quick to respond with reasonable quote on our new gym's wall project. It was NOT easy and we also needed other things fixed. From hanging drywall, painting, and installing iyr new sink, Jeremy was able to pivot to our unexpected needs and still be competitive with pricing. He was friendly and accommodating. We would definitely recommend Jeremy to anyone needing handyman or difficult construction services. Thank you, Jeremy.
Biven handyman and home repairBiven handyman and home repair
Erin H.
I had a great experience with Ellis Handyman Services. He responded to my request almost immediately and came the very next day to do the work I requested. They arrived early (which is a big plus in my book). I was having a thermostat removed and a Nest thermostat installed and it didn’t take him long at all. He and his wife were very nice and professional. Will definitely trust them with future projects!
Ellis Home Services LLCEllis Home Services LLC
Tina W.
If you haven't had this handyman to your home for a project, you're missing out! Omar responded quickly, gave us a day and time and showed up to do the work. His work ethic was exemplary. He checked with us as he was doing the work to be sure it was as we liked it. His work was precise and when he finished, he brought us in and made sure it was just as we wanted. I had figured 4 hours, but he was done in 3! He is on our list to call again!
OFixT - Painter & Home Services SpecialistOFixT - Painter & Home Services Specialist
Vijay S.
Recently I used his services for backsplash, vinyl flooring and carpets. Mostly customers expect contractors should know everything how to do and what tools required for the work. Backsplash was done good. But should have been good if aligned with creativity, and should have knowledge how to take care near outlets and switches. - My another handyman was drilled excess grout around the outlets and switches Vinyl flooring was horrible. Almost 4 boxes of planks were used as wastage for around 200 Sq.ft of flooring. Around door's is hoirrible work. This is lack of proper tools. And i was told to use caulking to cover those. He was not having knowledge of how to do carpet to vinyl transitions. which one is best use and how to do it. he agreed to do which lowes store was told to me by using metal transitions, and i had to supply carpet kicker. but it was poorly done. Biven applied silicone on metal-vinyl plank in a place where he can't put masonary nail. My badluck is that this silicone came out on next day. If he has proper tools for cutting vinyl planks, and better knowledge on carpet transitions, would have been better and i wouln't loose my money. He took 3 days to complete the work for backsplash, flooring and carpet transitions. I feel with proper tools, this would have been faster
Biven handyman and home repairBiven handyman and home repair
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